Tooth Extractions in Forty Fort, PA

Extracted Tooth

Dr. Todd Paczewski performs tooth extractions in Forty Fort, PA. Call 570-287-2500 to learn more and schedule an appointment.

If a tooth is broken or has significant decay, the ideal solution is restoration, whether by utilizing a filling, a crown, or another procedure. But, sometimes a tooth cannot be restored. If this is the case, it must be removed. An extraction is recommended if a tooth cannot be restored, both to prevent infection and achieve or maintain oral health.

So what exactly is a tooth extraction? It’s a dental procedure which removes your tooth from its socket, from either injury, decay, or impaction.

Most extractions can be conducted by using local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. Once the area is numbed, the tooth is then gently loosened and removed. 

You will find that immediately after the tooth is removed, gauze pads are placed on the extraction site. The reason? The gauze allows the patient to bite down on the tooth socket, applying pressure and putting an end to bleeding. If stitches are needed, they can be either dissolvable or require removal at a follow-up appointment. 

If you want to learn more about extractions or need to schedule an appointment, reach out to us. When you need a damaged or impacted tooth removed for any reason, we’re ready to help,  providing tooth extractions of all types. To schedule an appointment or consultation, reach out to us today!

Call 570-287-2500 to schedule an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions About Extractions

How long does it take to heal from an extraction?

Most commonly, healing should take no more than a day or two.

What should I do after an extraction?

Our dental team will provide you with complete care instructions. But, there are a few important things for you to remember. First, be sure that you take any prescribed antibiotics and pain medication as directed. Remember, if prescribed, antibiotics will be used to help prevent any infections. Pain medication helps to prevent your discomfort, and it’s always easier to simply follow prevention guidelines than battling pain. Ice packs can also be used to reduce swelling.

Should I do anything to prepare for an extraction?

Don’t smoke at least 12 hours prior to surgery, but of course - better yet, don’t smoke at all! 

Be sure to tell your dental team about any medications you take, to be sure that you avoid unpleasant or unsafe interactions with anesthesia. 

Make sure you have enough pillows to elevate your head after extraction.

Stock up on the best foods to eat when you return home after extraction. 

What should I eat after an extraction?

Soft foods and liquids are best, at least for the first day or two. Good foods for early days after extraction include ice cream, yogurt, smoothies, soft scrambled eggs, and cold soup. Mashed potatoes and jello are also good choices.

What should I avoid doing after an extraction?

Chewy or crunchy foods should be avoided, as they can become stuck near or on the extraction site. You should also avoid very hot beverages, as heat can disrupt the healing blood clot that forms over your extraction. No smoking, no alcohol, and no straws either - any of these can also disrupt the clot, causing injury to your healing process.

Call 570-287-2500 to schedule an appointment.